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Untamed (1929)

When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she... See full summary »


Jack Conway


Charles E. Scoggins (from the story by), Willard Mack (dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Bingo Dowling
Robert Montgomery ... Andy McAllister
Ernest Torrence ... Ben Murchison
Holmes Herbert ... Howard Presley
John Miljan ... Bennock
Gwen Lee ... Marjory
Edward J. Nugent ... Paul (as Edward Nugent)
Don Terry ... Gregg
Gertrude Astor ... Mrs. Mason
Milton J. Fahrney ... Jollop (as Milton Farney)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Dowling (as Lloyd Ingram)
Grace Cunard ... Milly
Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien ... Moran
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Billcombe


When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she meets Andy, wonderful in every way but wealth. He can't live off her money, he says, as he turns to Marjory. Uncivilized Bingo, who hits anyone she disagrees with, shoots Andy in the arm. Now it's okay for him to marry her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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What a talking part for gorgeous Joan! A romance sweeping from tropic jungles to gay New York! A tale of swift drama, swiftly told! (Print Ad- Rochester Evening Journal and the Post-Express, ((Rochester, NY)) 20 November 1929) See more »


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Release Date:

23 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle See more »


Box Office


$229,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The $3,000 Andy wins playing dice at the club is the equivalent of $42,300 in 2016. See more »


Mrs. Mason: It will be quite gloomy out here, after dinner.
Andy: I know, but, it will be so dark then, I won't be able to see your eyes. I love your eyes.
Mrs. Mason: Oh, you *do* know how to flirt, don't you.
Andy: Well, I learned about women from, eh, women.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie in a silent version with film length of 1,630 m. See more »


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Chant of the Jungle
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Sung and danced by Joan Crawford
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refreshing, fun Joan Crawford debut talkie
15 December 2002 | by zeulaSee all my reviews

''Untamed'' surprised & delighted me, in the way, that I've never seen Joan play such a sassy, upbeat role before...... It's totally different from all her other roles, and I don't think, she played another similar part after...... Joan plays her part ''Bingo'', so charmingly & adorably...... (in a way, naive & innocent) It's really not something, Joan fans are used to watching...... This proves again, Joan's versatility, and her capability to do comedy...... Even though, certain parts in ''Untamed'' were silly & offbeat...... I really didn't seem to care, or really noticed it...... Because, Joan & Robert Montgomery had such marvelous chemistry together..... (It's always a refreshing & fun experience watching them every time) They had so much give and take, in their scenes together....... ''Untamed'' is obviously dated, but in a classy, old fashioned way...... What ''Untamed'' has, that other same genre movie lacks today is, ''classy romance''....... I recommend Joan & Robert Montgomery fans to check out this movie...... Really wished Joan & Robert could've made movies together...... They're simply superb, each time they team together......

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